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Downtown Christmas Celebration this Friday

(Nov. 25) OUR MIRACLE ON ASBURY AVENUE, also known as Christmas in the Downtown, includes a warm and entertaining time in our award-winning downtown from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on “Black Friday.” The event, billed as “An Old-Fashioned Holiday Christmas,” will feature carolers, a string band quartet, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and performers from the Ocean City Theatre Company. Santa Claus will emerge from the rooftop of City Hall to cap the festivities with the lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree. Downtown stores will offer an array of gifts for Christmas and the many, fine Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. for more information.

EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS: stores on Asbury Ave. will be open every Friday till 8pm till Christmas!

(Nov. 24) THE FAST AND THE FURRIEST TURKEY TROT: 8:30 a.m. 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run. NEW LOCATION: 18th and Haven Ave. Online registration is closed. Register Nov. 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Senior Center at 18th Street and Simpson Avenue. Run benefits the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information, call the race director (609) 231-0118.

(Nov. 26) SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY:
The City and Chamber of Commerce are again celebrating this national event to promote the city’s outstanding, independent small businesses. It is an ideal day to visit our shops and restaurants.

(Nov. 26) TURKEY TROT SURF CONTEST, 9 a.m. on the 7th St. Beach. No wave date will be Sunday, Dec. 4. (Check www.ocnj.us on Friday to see if contest is rescheduled.) Divisions include 13-and-under, Junior Men (14-18), Men (19-30), Masters (31 and Over), Longboard and Women’s Open. Awards for top three in each category, in addition to Wave of the Day Trophy. Fee $10 per person. Day of event registration begins 8:30 a.m. on beach.

(Nov. 26-Dec. 18) BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Every Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 26: Sunrise Café, 1200 Asbury Avenue. Nov. 27: Arlene’s on Asbury, 624 Asbury Avenue. Dec. 3: Yianni’s Cafe, 841 Asbury Avenue. Dec. 4: Sunrise Café, 1200 Asbury Avenue. Dec. 10: Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, 637 Asbury Avenue. Dec. 11: Yianni’s Cafe, 841 Asbury Avenue. Dec. 17: Arlene’s on Asbury, 624 Asbury Avenue. Dec. 18: Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, 637 Asbury Avenue.

(Nov. 27 and 28) AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTER OPEN HOUSE: Try group exercise and water exercise classes for free on Sunday and Monday. See full schedule on the Aquatic and Fitness Page at www.ocnj.us/recreation
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(Dec. 2) DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY DASH: A one-mile race on Asbury Ave. starting at 12th St. Race-day registration is 4:30 p.m. at 12th and Asbury Parking Lot. Sponsored by the Ocean City Track and Field Boosters. Proceeds benefit the Boosters and Ocean City Food Cupboard. For more information on pre-registering and other questions, please call (609) 398-8277.

(Dec. 2) CHRISTMAS PARADE: 6:30 p.m. from 6th to 11th streets on Asbury Ave. Register at www.ocnj.us/Christmas-parade. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Dec.3-4) TRAIN SHOW: One of the city’s most popular holiday attractions. NEW LOCATION: Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Features include trains, train parts, holiday train decorations for home displays, and memorabilia for sale. Large running displays by the Garden Railroad Club and S-Gaugers will entertain visitors and offer photo ops. Train repairs available from technician Dick Yard. Event is dedicated to Jay Eggly, founder of the show. Admission $3 for adults, $1 for children (10 and under). For information call (609) 399-6111.

(Dec. 3-18) FREE HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES are from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays starting in front of City Hall on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

(Dec. 3-18) PHOTOS WITH SANTA will be available between 5th and 6thStreets on the Boardwalk from noon until 3 p.m. for $10 on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

(Dec. 4) CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY FESTIVAL at Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the lighting of the Library’s beautiful tree decorated by the Ocean City Garden Club; a free party with Santa; a visit from Miss New Jersey Brenna Weick; special gifts for the first 200 guests; Mrs. Claus’ Market, (a holiday shop at the Historical Museum); unique handmade gifts in the Art Center gift shop; live music; snacks; balloon sculptures; crafts and more. Access www.oceancitylibrary.org for information about all its free entertainment, classes and special events and its holiday hours or call (609) 399-2434.

SAVE NOW ON FIRST NIGHT ADMISSION BUTTONS for $15 available at City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave., the Roy Gillian Information Center on the Causeway and at Stainton’s, 810 Asbury Ave. The event offers 70 entertainment programs 4 p.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve plus an impressive display of fireworks at midnight. December 15, the price for buttons will be raised to $20. This is the best entertainment value at the Jersey Shore. Welcome 2017 in a safe, non-alcoholic environment. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com where you will be able to find the entire entertainment schedule and order buttons online.

(Now through Dec 9) WINTER CLOTHES DRIVE by the Ocean City Board of Realtors. They are collecting coats, sweaters, blankets, snow boots, hats, scarves and more. The winter drive will gather new or gently used items to be donated to the Ecumenical Clothes Closet. Of special need are children’s coats, children’s snow boots, and ladies and men’s sweatshirts and pants. Funds will be accepted to purchase items-we will shop for you. Donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors Office, 405 22nd St. (Office Hours, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) For pick up please call the office (609) 399-0128 or Vicki Heebner, Vicki@ocbor.com
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(Dec. 6) FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT by the John Walter Cape Community Band. 7 p.m. in the Senior Center at 18th and Simpson. Please bring a non-perishable food item for our food drive.

(Dec. 8) DAN SKELDON talks about the upcoming winter weather and what to expect at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Free Public Library. This is a free lecture.

(Dec. 9) ASTRONOMY FOR EVERYONE is a virtual journey through the cosmos. 6:30 p.m. This free lecture is held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the library.

(Dec. 10) CHRISTMAS TROLLEY HISTORY TOUR AND CAROL SING: Join the Ocean City Historical Museum on a trolley tour at 6:30 p.m.. Enjoy the city’s decorations, while singing carols and visiting the historic homes of Peter and Ellen Pospiech (312 Central Avenue) and the Northwood Inn Bed & Breakfast (401 Wesley Ave.). After the tour, holiday refreshments will be served in the museum. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the general public. Call 609-399-1801 or visit the museum at the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue.

(Dec. 10) POSTAL SERVICE FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Food Cupboard. Leave your non-perishable donation at your mailbox or bring it to the Post Office at 9th and Ocean.

(Dec. 10) LIVE NATIVITY AND CONCERT at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., Nativity is outside from 2 p.m. to 4 pm. The concert features the Angelus Chorus with John Taylor as soloist at 4 p.m. A free will offering will be taken.

(Dec.16-17) 2016 HOLIDAY SHOW: The Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company will present “A Very Ocean City Christmas” at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. This will be a high energy, family oriented song and dance tribute to Christmas. The holiday will come to life with a brand new journey through seasonal favorites. Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children (12 and under), $18 for seniors, $20 for adults. All tickets are general admission. Available at City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave., or visit www.ocnj.us./boxoffice.

(Dec. 31) FIRST NIGHT CELEBRATION: The event offers 70 entertainment programs 4 p.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve plus an impressive display of fireworks at midnight. December 15, the price for buttons will be raised to $20. This is the best entertainment value at the Jersey Shore. Welcome 2017 in a safe, non-alcoholic environment. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com
where you will be able to find the entire entertainment schedule and order buttons online.

(Jan. 1) 5K BOARDWALK RUN, 1 p.m. Pre-register at www.jbsportstiming.com. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Jan. 1) FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH featuring first dip in the Ocean at 2 p.m. at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration starts at noon. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Jan. 1) FIRST DAYSHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: Downtown shopping specials and free horse-and-carriage rides noon to 3 p.m. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

NOTE: The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. (609) 399-7628 and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave. (609) 814-0308 both offer on-going free exhibits, artwork for sale and an array of interesting and helpful art classes.

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